US And Russia Swap Prisoners

With all that is going on acting as shiny red balls to be followed, it’s easy to forget that the United States and Russia are somewhat tenuous adversaries. The Russian government still has American political prisoners, and the United States is still holding Russian nationals for various reasons including drug running.

This week, the two nations pulled off a one-for-one trade.

The U.S. and Russia have carried out a prisoner swap Wednesday, exchanging Trevor Reed – a Marine veteran jailed in Moscow – for a Russian drug trafficker who has been serving time in America, a senior U.S. official told the Associated Press.

The deal comes as tensions between U.S. and Russia are running high, with Moscow’s bloody invasion of Ukraine on its 63rd day.

“Today, we welcome home Trevor Reed and celebrate his return to the family that missed him dearly. Trevor, a former U.S. Marine, is free from Russian detention,” President Biden said in a statement. “I heard in the voices of Trevor’s parents how much they’ve worried about his health and missed his presence. And I was delighted to be able to share with them the good news about Trevor’s freedom.”…

Reed, a now-30-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former presidential security guard, had been living in Russia in the summer of 2019 when was arrested by Russian police and accused of assaulting a police officer. He had been celebrating in a park with his longtime Russian girlfriend and her colleagues at the time, his father, Joey Reed, told Fox News Digital earlier this month.

US And Russia Swap Prisoners

Reed was sentenced to nine years in prison, though his family has maintained his innocence and the U.S. government has described him as unjustly detained.

“He was extremely intoxicated because they’d been to a party for her law firm in a park,” he explained.

At the time, Reed had been taking Russian language classes for an international studies degree through the University of North Texas, his father said.

Following a public trial, Reed was convicted in July 2020 of assaulting police officers and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

And now he’s on his way home.

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